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The Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in Smokers Failing a Smoking Cessation Program

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Verified December 2015 by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute
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Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2009
Last updated: December 24, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
The National Health Service (NHS) stop smoking service at the Central Lancashire NHS Trust serves a diverse population of smokers, with a very good quit rate and high standards. However, clinical experience predicts that some clients are unlikely to succeed through the NHS smoking cessation program. This special population has difficulty quitting for a variety of reasons. Some relapse over the course of the following two years and return repeatedly to the service. Others, for instance those with health problems, may be highly motivated to quit, but unable to resist their cravings. The purpose of this study is to determine if EFT makes a difference in quit rates with the most challenging population of clients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Smoking Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Behavioral: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in Smokers Failing a Smoking Cessation Program

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Further study details as provided by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quit rate [ Time Frame: treatment period ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Psychological symptoms and physiological symptoms [ Time Frame: Three, 6, and 12 months after intervention ]
    Symptoms and smoking 3, 6 and 12 months post-intervention

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavioral: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
CBT is a behavioral intervention that seeks to challenge and change negative client cognitions about events and life circumstances.
Experimental: EFT
Emotional Freedom Techniques, a novel but efficacious stress-reduction technique
Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
EFT is a brief but efficacious stress-reduction intervention. It combines exposure, cognitive structuring, and somatic stimulation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • High anxiety related to the quit attempt
  • Cravings which sabotage the quit attempt
  • Low confidence at their ability to quit and remain quit

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None, all NHS clients are eligible
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00981396

Contact: Joan Draper, LPC 01695 588000
Contact: Deburah Tribbey 707 237 6951

United Kingdom
NHS Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust Recruiting
Ormskirk, Lancashire, United Kingdom, L39 2JW
Contact: Deburah Tribbey    707 237 6951   
Principal Investigator: Joan Draper, LPC         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
Principal Investigator: Dawson Church, PhD Soul Medicine Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Investigator, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT00981396     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-SMO-92509
Study First Received: September 19, 2009
Last Updated: December 24, 2015

Keywords provided by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
CBT (cognitive behavior therapy)
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